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First Look at the 'Synecdoche, New York' Surreal, Funny, Dramatic Artist Studio


Yes, technically this is just Catherine Keener and Philip Seymour Hoffman standing in a dingy artist's studio. But it's also a scene in Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind writer Charlie Kaufman's first directorial effort, Synecdoche, New York--only the second shot since this one--so I'm somewhat justified in my genuine excitement. In what way will the above conversation use a mix of quirky surrealism, deadpan humor, and heart-wrenching drama to broaden my understanding of the tragedy of human existence? I don't know, but I'm certain it will.

Cannes Watch: Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York [Thompson on Hollywood]

  • February 4, 2008
    There are few films I'm anticipating more than Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche New York, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman as a playwright attempting to create a life-size replicate of New York for one of his works. In less capable hands it could turn into a quirky... / Continue →
  • October 24, 2008
    Synecdoche, New York opens today in New York and LA! I will be seeing this thing so hard this weekend, but if you don't live in such a location of Charlie Kaufman-privilege, here is some consolation: nine new clips from Twitch Film. It's not quite the same as seeing it tomorrow... / Continue →
  • September 18, 2008
    I couldn't tell you exactly what's going on in this trailer to Synecdoche, New York, but the film is written and directed by Charlie Kaufman and stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, so I'm sure it's as great as it seems.... / Continue →
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